Donors Should Use Joint Oversight System To Investigate Corruption, Sexual Exploitation In Humanitarian Sector

Devex: Opinion: How donors can address aid agency oversight
Gregory Gottlieb, director of the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

“…At a time when the need for humanitarian response is growing, we need a comprehensive system of oversight that jointly tackles the issues that allow abuse of local people and aid workers and threaten the humanitarian system. … A joint oversight system will more strongly enforce … prevention mechanisms. … Working together, donors and their partners can incentivize reporting of abuses through more professional investigative techniques that protect those who come forth while providing an objective investigative tool. Sexual exploitation, harassment, and abuse against beneficiaries and aid workers is intolerable and illegal. This system will be a major step toward ending the problem of sexual violence in the aid sector” (3/8).